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Transitioning Your Skin From Summer To Fall + A DIY Post-Sun Skin Mask By Joanna Vargas

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I was in the country for the weekend where summer seemed to be a distant memory with the temperature peaking at a brisk 63 degrees. Excited by the cooler climate, I whipped out my cashmere sweaters and Burberry wool blend coat (I highly recommend purchasing this slim-fitting, versatile black jacket to add to your fall wardrobe – I practically live in mine!). At last, I thought, fall has arrived. 

Ahhhh. Not so fast. I returned to Los Angeles yesterday where the sun blasted me with her oppressive rays and the temperature hit 100 degrees. To say I was hot would be an understatement. I was melting… which got me thinking, how do we navigate these drastic weather differences — from city to city and day to day?

I turned to celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, whose clients include Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Karlie Kloss, and Michelle Williams, to tackle this looming climate-slash-skincare crisis. When it comes to all-natural and DIY skincare, Vargas is one of the best in the business.

Here, she explains how to transition your skin – and your skincare routine – from summer to fall, and offers up a few of her favorite transitional products, plus a post-sun treatment mask that will have your complexion glowing (literally) within minutes.

Sarah Howard: How does skin change from summer to fall?
Joanna Vargas: At the end of the summer going into fall, the sunscreen that we’ve used is clogging pores, most people have suffered sun damage, and their skin looks dull and dehydrated, really clogged. Fall treatments for me include really great exfoliation. I like to have people do my Exfoliating Mask and even sleep in the mask overnight so it stays on the face for a long time to clean out the pores. Another great at home fall beauty mask is combining yogurt with honey.

SH: How should you alter your product regimen?
JV: Skin needs more TLC during the fall because the transition from humid to cold weather can be extremely drying. Dry skin is so fragile, and you have to do more to protect your lipid layer. I suggest adding a day cream to your routine that contains soothing Shea and cocoa butter – they melt at body temperature so they go right into the skin and stay there all day, so you don’t end up feeling dry halfway through the day. Also, another great ingredient to look for is avocado oil. It contains so many amazing vitamins for the skin and lymphatic system, so it will depuff, hydrate and soothe the skin.

SH: Add or subtract anything in particular?
JV: Fall skin is damaged, dry and in need of repair. The best way to start is to use a cleanser that can exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate collagen production. I would also consider doing a nice peel to really start fall refreshed. I like both fruit acids and enzymatic peels. Also, summer sun and pollution stress the skin and fall is the perfect time to repair the damage with an intensive moisturizer.

SH: How can you manage these at home?
JV: The best skincare tip I can recommend is something I learned when my son had excema as a baby. To this day it is my family secret for healing dry, sensitive skin. Boil a large pot of water with one cup of chamomile tea leaves and one cup of rosemary. Cook these for fifteen minutes. Then strain and add this water to your bath. Not only will you feel relaxed from your day, this potion will soothe your skin like nothing else. Dry patches and redness will disappear overnight!
Also, Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. It will add just enough moisture to the environment to give your skin the chance to do some real healing. For those who are afraid of the bacteria that sometimes can accumulate in a humidifier, you can even get a little one that attaches to a mini water bottle.

DIY TIP: A great at-home scrub would be 1/4 cup of almond powder plus 1/2 cup of olive oil- it’s so simple but scrubbing this on the skin for a few minutes in the morning will soften sun damage, exfoliate dead cells and actually calm the skin. Plus it adds a glow!

SH: What are your 5 must have fall skin products?
JV: I love the Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser for fall because it also doubles as an exfoliant. This cleanser contains rice bran which helps to remove the damage while the geranium acts as an anti-bacterial agent and seaweed stimulate the lymphatic system.

Eve Lom Cleanser is awesome for soothing and hydrating the skin while removing all traces of makeup on the face. It’s one of those classic products that everyone I know uses.

Wei White Lotus Moisture Rich Eye Blend is one of my favorite formulas because it’s gentle, but it’s also super rich. It contains peptides to keep the skin strong and the white lotus delivers minerals to chase away fine lines that have formed from summer stresses.

One of the best moisturizers I’ve found is Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm. It will reduce inflammation, help to regenerate tissue and will address uneven pigment that you may have from summer months. I like it because it restores the moisture barrier for the skin and reduces redness.

My own Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum is the perfect serum to sleep in. It repairs the skin, and because the formula contains jojoba oil, it’s great for all skin types, even oily skin. This serum will help to soften sun damage from the summer and make all those fine lines disappear.

SH: Do you have a DIY treatment for post-sun skin?
JV: I would do this mask:

2 tbsp almond oil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp warmed honey
1/4 organic yogurt

The almond and olive oils are anti-inflammatory and will soften any damage from summer. The honey hydrates the skin and the yogurt calms and exfoliates the skin. Mix together and leave on the face for 20 mins. Your glow will be amazing when you are done.

Fall 2013 Trend: Dewy Skin

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dewy skin for fall

“Skin, skin skin! Skin is always in. For fall it’s dewy with and a darker matte lip smudged liner and a contoured cheek,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Marina Gravani, whose clients include Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, L’Wren Scott, and Nikki Reed. “Who says fall needs to be matte skin? If you’re following a trend you’re not creating one. Keeping the lip matte will put even more accent on the dewy skin. I like skin to look even and beautiful but radiant. To give the skin radiance I like to use illuminating cream/ liquid highlighters, tinted moisturizers, or light reflecting powders.

There are many different approaches you can use in creating the dewy look. I prefer Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizers, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, or Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer Kitten Shimmer  mixed into a foundation, or spotted just on top of the cheekbones. Go without powder in the areas that you want the dewiness. To create all-over dewy skin in seconds, simply mix Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with your regular foundation. You can also apply it over foundation for a specific area like on the cheek or bridge of nose.

For the powder highlighters, I like to add them last so you can decide exactly where you would like the sheen to be. It could be above the cheek bone, or on the apples of the cheeks and dusted all the way back to the hairline. I like to use a smaller ended brush for this so I can really be precise. Try  Chanel’s Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder. You’ll want to add some contrast to the highlighted areas by adding darkness under the cheekbone. Feel for the dip in between your cheek bone and jaw and that’s where you apply bronzer for a sculpted cheek bone.

For contrasttpowder, I like Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder in Terra. It’s matte so it gives great contrast to the dewy skin, making the sculpted cheekbone pop. This should never be done with a shimmery bronzer as it bounces off the light and won’t give you the contrast you need for the sculpted effect.

To spot treat with a highlighter, try Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Pearl or Gold. Using your finger, pat the highlighter directly onto the cheekbone as well as under the brow. This will add light to the face and make for beautiful radiance. A cream illuminator can be used on the cheek bone after foundation for a wet shiny look and it can also go above the brow for a youthful glow. Powder can be used the same on the cheek bone just over the cheek after blush for a radiance.”


Fall 2013: Cargo Cosmetics

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Collection: Cargo Cosmetics Fall 2013

Products Used:
Look 1 –
Essential Lip Color in Bordeaux $22 (favorite)
Eye Shadow in Pasadena
Eye Shadow in Shanghai
Look 2 –
Essential Lip Color in Punta Cana $22
Eye Shadow in Pasadena
Eye Shadow in Shanghai
Eye Shadow in Moreton Bay (favorite)

How To: I did two different looks with this collection. For the first look, I was going for a light wash of color and a dark lip. I applied Pasadena eyeshadow, a pinky-mauve, all over the lid and layered it with Shanghai, a shimmery violet, to give a bit more color and definition. I used Bordeaux lipstick, a wine shade to complete the look.

The second look was a violet smokey eye and bold lip. Staying with the shadows I used on the first look, I added Moreton Bay, a deep purple, to the crease and lower lash line. For lips I switched out the berry lip for a bold fuchsia, using Punta Cana.

Did You Know: Purple can be considered a neutral(ish) hue when it comes to eye makeup. It looks good on almost all skin tones and eye colors. Make sure to stick with purple shades that have a bit of a deeper undertone, as opposed to bright, to create a wearable violet eye.

Also, don’t be afraid to match a dark eye with a bright lip… it’s one of fall’s most alluring beauty trends!

Model: Actress <a href=”http://www.byrdiebell.com”>Byrdie Bell</a>. Follow her at <a href=”http://twitter.com/byrdiebell”>@Byrdiebell</a>

*Unless otherwise noted, I used, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 1 on face to even out the skin tone (coverage is in between a concealer and a foundation), Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara in Black, and RMS Living Luminizer to highlight brow and cheek bones.

Fall 2013: Laura Mercier Dark Spell Collection

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Collection: Laura Mercier Dark Spell Fall 2013

Products Used:
Baked Eye Colour – Wet/ Dry in Magical $22
Satin Matte Eye Colour in Dark Spirit $24
Kohl Liner Extreme (*favorite*) $24
Lip Plumper in Charmed $30

How To: I created the classic smoky eye, nude lip look which is a constant fall staple. I started with the eyes, using Magical, a shimmery white shadow as a base, from lash line to brow bone. I mixed a dab of water into the shadow to create a pasty gunmetal shade, and applied that on the lid. I used the Dark Spirit, a matte black shadow in the crease and on the lower lash line, and created a kohl-lined cat eye with the Kohl Liner Extreme, a highly pigmented black liner that applies with the ease of a Crayola Crayon. Finally, I applied a few coats of Charmed, a peachy nude gloss which gives the look a bit more panache than merely a matte nude lip.

Did You Know: If you add water to the Wet/Dry shadow (I did so with my finger), it’ll turn into a paste-like consistency that will last hours longer. Using the white shadow as a base and to highlight the brow bone, I then wet my finger and mixed it around the black lines on the white shadow to create a shimmery grey shade that would look wonderful on its own, an ode to the gunmetal eye of the season!

You can also skip the shadows and go for a classic cat eye with the Kohl Liner Extreme (my favorite product in this collection). It applies effortlessly and smudges rather easily.

Model: Actress Byrdie Bell. Follow her at @Byrdiebell

*Unless otherwise noted, I used, Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in 1 on face to even out the skin tone (coverage is in between a concealer and a foundation), Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara in Black, and RMS Living Luminizer to highlight brow and cheek bones.

Fall Trend: Voluminous Hair By Marcus Francis

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Trend: Voluminous Hair

“Full, voluminous hair will once again make a comeback as it’s done so before,” says celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis, whose clients include Kerry Washington, Hailee Steinfeld and Jessica Pare. The volume that Francis is speaking of is not that of the teased 1980s Dallas meets Dolly Parton, but rather a bit more glam. “This style has morphed into several versions but can be attributed to the 50s, 60s, and 70s on actresses like Jaclyn Smith, Jerry Hall, and Jane Fonda.”

Apply Leonor Greyl Volumizing Styling Mousse or Rene Furterer Vegetal Mousse. “Both give volume from roots to ends and these two products aren’t sticky which makes the hair easy and touchable,” explains Francis. “You can get the look by setting your hair in either large hot rollers or Velcro rollers.” If using velcro rollers, try sleeping in them. Francis suggests using a Mason Pearson Junior Mix Brushor a Denman Vented Brush to separate curls.

*Editor’s Note: The Leonor Greyl mousse can be applied to wet or dry hair as it is alcohol-free and is rather easy to brush through, creating volume. The Rene Furterer Mousse should be distributed on the roots, to towel-dried hair for optimal volume.

TIP: For sky-high volume, flip the head upside down and brush out again. When you flip back over spray lightly with Elnett Strong Hold. Wait a few minutes and brush out again, but this time gently brush your hair in the opposite direction – meaning against your hair growth – up, almost like you’re teasing it, and focus primarily at the roots. This will give you beautiful va-va-voom volume, without being 80s cheesy! Something about the hairspray and the boar-bristle brush….

Fall Organic Must-Haves From Celebrity Makeup Artist Katey Denno

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Best Organic Beauty Products For Fall

1. Kjaer Weiss Lip Tint Compact in Goddess – The perfect fall lip color. It’s a deep but super cheerful pop of cherry red with burgundy tones, and you can apply it as a sheer stain with a hint of emollience, or add multiple layers to deepen the intensity.

2. Dr. Haushka Translucent Bronze Concentrate – As your tan begins to fade and you need a reminder of the way you glow during the summer, this sheer fluid bronzing liquid can recreate the look without the flat, matte effect that bronzing powders often give. You can apply it straight from the bottle, or mix it with your moisturizer for an overall glow.

3. RMS Beauty Oil – It’s often hard to find a face oil that’s not flowery or citrus smelling, but when the season changes, I like to switch my beauty products along with it. This face oil sinks in quickly, never leaving you looking slick, and has a delicious warm scent that reminds me of sugar cookies baking (perfect for fall).

4. Sheswai Nail Lacquer in ‘Totally’ – A luscious plum berry that looks great with fall colored clothing and makes me happy. It’s how I say goodbye to the bright cheery pops of summer’s orange and hot pink while still showing off an intense color.

5. Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush Stain in Lure – A warm red with rich brown undertones. The texture, and even the scent of Vapour’s products is great, and this one definitely stays on the skin longer than most other green brands cheek and lip colors. It’s a warm red/brown that I love to use on clients and models, but it’s definitely not a spring or summer shade. It makes the colder weather fun for me!

6. Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze – The perfect peachy pink to pair with a lightly smoked eye.

7. Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm – Tammy Fender makes such magical products. This balm is extremely rich and like nothing else I”ve ever used. It’s full of everything nourishing for your skin, smells heavenly and different than everything else in my arsenal, and will plump up skin like nothing else. It also has an incredible effect of restoring the intensity of faded tattoos!

8. Lina Hanson Global Body Serum – The most delicious smelling body oil for getting skin back into perfect condition.

9. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend – This stuff takes care of summer’s worst by-products: hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and sun damage.

10. Alima Pure Loose Pigment Eyeliner in Paparazzi and Espresso – First, put down a thin line of Paparazzi, a rich warm brown shimmer, smudge gently with a q-tip. Then tight-line Espresso, a matte deep rich brown along the top lashes for the perfect brown, slightly smokey, defined eye.

— Celebrity Makeup Artist Katey Denno, who has worked with Isla Fisher and Amanda Seyfried.

Favorites: Fall 2013 – Back To School (Or Work) Shopping List

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Fall Must-Haves

I’m sad to report that summer is coming to an end (BOO!). Gone will be the days of beach hair, tanned skin and flushed cheeks. As the temps cool down, it’s time to rework your beauty look. In preparation for fall, Beauty Banter has put together a list of must-have beauty products to make the back to school (or work) grind a little less dismal.

1. Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($5) – Nothing screams fall quite like a kohl-rimmed eye, and Rimmel’s kohl eyeliner is up there with the HG of liners. Don’t let the inexpensive price tag fool you, this stuff is creamy, easy to apply, easier to smudge and packs some serious pigment.

2. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre ($25) – A soft peachy glow to keep skin looking sun-kissed and dewy well into winter. The pen-like applicator allows for smooth application on cheek and brow bones.

3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Jezebel ($18) – Remember Chanel’s Vamp? Well, this fall your nails can get a similar blood red finish with the new Marc Jacobs Beauty polish in Jezebel, a high-shine black cherry red. Also loving Evelyn, an opaque smokey grey that will look fabulous with your charcoal smokey eye.

4. Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector ($36) – If you’re like me then you’ll want to keep your complexion of the golden color range well into fall. Becca’s lightweight gel offers the perfect natural sheen and the shade is universally flattering. Use alone or mix in a dollop with your favorite foundation for added coverage.

5. Chanel Cream Blush in Revelation ($38) – Part of their Fall 2013 collection, this powder-cream blush provides vibrant color while maintaining long-lasting wear. The pinky-coral hue will give all skin tones a healthy flush.

6. Laura Mercier ‘Rouge Nouveau’ Weightless Lip Color in Muse ($24) – Wine colored lippies are a massive fall must-have and this shade will keep you on-trend long through the season. If you’re frightened of the bold berry hue, try dabbing on lips and creating a sheer stain.

7. Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in Nude No 5 ($30) – I dedicated an entire post to these fabulous nude lippies, but our back to school beauty list wouldn’t be complete without at least one nude hue. Dark eyes, light lips, can’t lose! Number 5 is my favorite because it’s a golden-peach hue that basically looks fantastic on all skin tones.

8. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Vision in Violet ($6) – The cult classic mascara is adding some color to its game. Inspired by fashion week, these 6 limited edition colored mascaras will bring the bold to your look. Violet looks great with all eye colors and all skin tones but Blink Of Blue would be my second choice as blue makes the white of your eyes whiter. TIP for wearing: Try black mascara on top lashes and a colored shade just on bottom.

9. PERFEKT Skin Perfection CC Créme SPF 30 ($42) – CC Creams were the rage all summer and the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down this fall. While colder weather is usually indicative of more coverage, this fall is about dewy skin – and nothing gives a natural, dewy effect like a CC Cream. The Per-fekt CC Cream offers buildable coverage and hyaluronic microspheres to hydrate the skin and soften the appearance of fine lines.

10. YSL City Drive Palette in Arty ($55) – Another fall trend is the smokey grey eye. While this palette comes complete with a pop of neon green and an electric blue shade, the greys can be mixed together for a classic charcoal eye or used in conjunction with one of the colorful hues. So many choices, so many fall fashion parties!

Fall Trend: Bushy Brows By Mai Quynh

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Best Of Brows!

“I’ve seen a lot of big, full brows on the runways, like Chanel and Dior Fall 2013 Couture. I’m very excited to see that trend on the red carpet: Think Keira Knightly, Lily Collins, Rooney Mara and Cara Delevingne. A good brow is EVERYTHING! Fill those puppies in!

Brows can be filled in with either eyeshadow, pencil, wax pot or colored brow gel/mousse. Depending on how dramatic you’d like them, any of these products can work for you. The key is in application and blending. Typically a stiff, angled eyeliner brush is recommended to apply eyeshadow to brows, but I prefer using a fluffy eyeshadow brush for application. It distributes less color so that it looks more natural. Also, you can mix a couple of brow products together. Use a wax pot and then add eyeshadow in certain areas. Or apply a brow pencil and then brush them out with a colored gel.” —Celebrity Makeup Artist Mai Quynh, who works with Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Amber Heard and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Mai’s 4 favorite fall brow products are:

1. NARS Brow Gel ($22)
2. Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencils ($22)
3. Votre Vu Arch De Triumphe Brow Definer ($17)
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23)

Editor’s Pick:
*Help sparse eyebrows grow with Anastasia’s Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced ($45). Apply nightly – this stuff really works!

Trend: Khaki For Fall

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Trend: Khaki Eyes

Every fall, khaki becomes a must-have color prominent on our radar. Partially because beige tones are sported all over the runways – from clothes to makeup to accessories – and also because it’s a shade that resembles the autumn season: cooler nights, shorter days, changing colors of leaves — you get the picture. But this fall in particular, khaki is making a serious statement. Chanel’s Fall 2013 makeup line, Superstition, takes its inspiration from “khaki tones of eyeshadow, mascara and polish.” And other color lines are following suit.

Celebrity makeup artist Kindra Mann, who has worked with the likes of Vanessa Hudgens, Katharine McPhee, and Rosario Dawson, explains how to wear the khaki trend for fall.

“Khaki is a big color for fall because it emphasizes the warm rich colors that we associate with that time of year and the colors that change in nature. I think that trend-wise khaki and safari always are a staple on the runway and will be a trend that last for years,” says Mann. Another advantage to khaki is that it’s “easy to wear and great on all skin tones. It’s an ideal alternative to traditional browns and offers a lighter effect which is great for day. It’s perfect for to building a smokey eye, if you want to transition it into night then pair a khaki shade with some black liner smudged onto it.”

Here are Mann’s must-have khaki products for fall:

For light khaki shades that are great for day….
Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Single in Taupe Grey
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow in Shimmering Moss
Great shades that can transition from day to night are…
Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-to-Set Eye Shadow Trio
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Royal Khaki

Editor’s Pick: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystere (No 43)

Pair your fall khaki eye with a nude lip to keep things subdued or a coral shade for a pop of color.

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